To begin with the love and relationship gods are in preparation mode in the early part of the month and while for the relationship gods that will remain the case all month, the love gods will get their first chance all year to bring something special into play. For the relationship gods it is all about communication and with your biggest and most important relationship year in over a decade beginning in September, it is all about working with the communication gods to ensure the communication lines are open. With Mercury, planet of communication having just left your communication sector on the 30th June, less than 24 hours before moving into the new month it won't take much to keep the momentum going. To begin with the love gods are more focused on making your life as love friendly as possible ahead of Venus, planet of love's return to your romantic sector on the 12th July, Mercury's on the 14th July and the Sun's on the 22nd July, kicking off the most romantically charged weeks of 2016. It is while the love gods wait for the planets arrival that the Moon manages to squeeze in one last visit, moving through your romantic sector from the 6th July to the 8th July, leaving just four days before Venus' return kicks things off. Romantically charged lunar vibes are just what you need to whet your romantic appetite. While the month will very quickly become romantically charged and stay that way through the rest of this month and into the first three weeks of August, your relationships will get their only chance during the Moon's monthly visit to your relationship sector, from the 10th July to the 13th July.
July is not traditionally a time of year when the love or relationship gods are particularly active, but then this is no ordinary year and you have in fact reached an important month on both fronts. Having turned direct in your romantic sector in early May lucky Jupiter has been slowly moving matters of the heart and all things romantic forward, but it was only the second half of June that your romantic confidence started to kick in, due to the powerful alliance made between the love gods and their supporters. While August and September will be the most romantically charged months of 2016 if not the decade, as the month progresses you will find your romantic confidence continue to rise, with nothing but support ahead. It is in the very final hours of the month that Mercury's return to your romantic sector on the 31st July will give your heart a voice and see the first signs that the love gods are getting ready to make things happen. With Venus, planet of love returning early next month, the final hours of July mark the point where the end game begins. At the same time there is a real relationship turnaround this month, thanks to Mars' direct turn in your relationship sector on the 30th June. Having retrograded back in for a rare double dip visit at the end of May Mars spent all but the final hours of May in retrograde motion, holding the doors open to the past and second chances. Yet as the month progresses first the doors began opening to the past on the friendship front, creating the potential for second chances across the friendship and relationship building fronts, but also support from the communication gods set in. That support will remain strong throughout the first three weeks of July, with the communication and relationship gods working together to turn your relationship focus from the past and onto the future and journey ahead.
After some fairly challenging relationship months the relationship gods are focused on rebuilding, but also on helping you to appreciate that while the last two months may have been challenging they have also created the potential for a breakthrough. It is not that there are challenges or difficulties on the relationship front or you're being pushed by the relationship gods and more that your birthday month not only began and ended with a Full Moon in your relationship sector, but you experience multiple oppositions between personal and relationship forces during that time. What you had was Saturn, in retrograde motion in your relationship sector, defending a need to be true to your relationships while the Sun demanded you remain true to yourself, with personal and/or relationship tensions waxing and waning as the battle for balance was fought. Tensions eased back dramatically once the Sun left Gemini and then Mercury, planet of communication spent the rest of the month working to keep the communication lines open until leaving on the 30th June. This is where things stand at the start of the month and while there is a second wave of support from the communication gods, it won't arrive until the 12th July, leaving it up to you to keep the communication lines open in those early days. However, help is on the way with Venus, planet of love and the guardian of your relationships returning to your communication sector on the 12th July, Mercury on the 14th July and the Sun on the 22nd July. The very planets that moved into opposition over the last two months and created so much personal and/or relationship tension this month return in support, creating not only the potential to give your relationships a voice but for a real communication and/or relationship breakthrough.
While with Pluto in your relationship sector from 2008 to 2024 there is always going to be focus on your relationships in any month and in July, as you move into your birthday month and new solar year and your own needs become apparent, there can even be some personal and/or relationship tension, this is not typically an overly romantically charged month. Moving into the month with Venus, planet of love in Cancer is very often the norm, but her focus is more on fuelling your romantic and relationship desires and expectations for the coming year, equally focused on matters of the heart and your relationships. All that you would expect at this time of year is here, but along with that is a lot that you would not expect and that's the game changer. Yes, as the planets move through Cancer this is going to put pressure on your relationships, with personal and/or relationship tensions coming to a head at various points within the first three weeks of July, but for the first time in 12 years you have the support of lucky Jupiter in your communication sector, which turns this into an opportunity for a breakthrough. This will be especially so during a Full Moon in your relationship sector on the 20th and the days either side. With Mercury, planet of communication in Cancer until the 14th July communication is an essential part of this month's success. With November and December always the most romantically charged months of any year, what you don't expect is the level of romance you're set to experience this month, due to the fact that Mars retrograded back into your romantic sector for a rare double dip visit in late May. Having turned direct on the 30th June Mars is working with Venus to fuel your romantic passions and fighting spirit, but also to move things forward.
The focus is on matters of the heart this week, as it has been since Saturn returned to your romantic sector last September and Mars in early March, though this hasn't always been easy. After Mars retrograded back out in late May and after a pair of Full Moons, one in May and the other June, the love gods have provided some real wakeup calls, wakeup calls that were reinforced by Saturn, making his first visit since 1987. While Mars had opened the door to the past, second chances and untapped potential, Saturn is here to police the ownership of the past, old excuses and the handling of old ghosts. So while you enjoyed two Lovers Moons in just 29 days, the love gods didn't handle things with kid gloves. Things began to soften just as the last Full Moon was building, thanks to Venus' return to a nostalgic part of your chart on the 18th June. While Saturn is not here vacillate second chances, returning to take your heart on a nostalgic trip down love's memory lane Venus found the doors to the past open and she most definitely can create an opportunity for second chances. A sense of romantic nostalgia is softening Saturn's rough edges and as he spends his last full month in retrograde motion in your romantic sector the challenges of the past have created the breakthrough that is set to make this the best and easiest of months. A sense of romantic nostalgia will remain in effect all month but will drop off dramatically or at least the rose coloured version when Venus leaves a nostalgic part of your chart and returns to Leo on the 12th July. With Saturn turning direct next month this is the point where a nostalgic trip down love's memory lane ends and new romantic doors open, but the doors to the past will also remain open through to mid August. Venus will return to fuel your romantic and relationship desires and expectations for the coming year and while things are weighted towards all things romantic, your relationships will find their voice during the Moon's visit to your relationship sector from the 20th July to the 22nd July.
There is always going to be a sense of romantic nostalgia in the air at this time of year, but as the month progresses this is only going to increase while becoming a lot more enjoyable. With Pluto in your romantic sector from 2008 to 2024 and spending from April to September of each year in retrograde motion, a sense of romantic nostalgia is par for the course, but what isn't the norm is how well supported this is. While Venus, planet of love will spend the first 12 days of July triggering the laws of attraction and synchronicity, with some serendipitous moments or encounters likely, she will also challenge a lot of your old excuses, especially as she moves into opposition with Pluto in the early days of the month. It's when Venus returns to a nostalgic part of your chart on the 12th July and begins a journey that will take your heart on a nostalgic trip down love's memory lane that a sense of romantic nostalgia will really deepen. A Full Moon in your romantic sector on the 20th July will capture all romantic nostalgia in what is destined to be a very magical Lovers Moon. Things are also looking good on the relationship front this month, thanks to the support that your relationships have, especially from the communication gods. As both Neptune and Chiron spend their first full month in retrograde motion in your relationship sector they had the good fortune to run into Mars, who for all but the final hours of June was having his first retrograde phase in your communication sector in 17 years. Having retrograded back in at the end of May, Mars was here and in retrograde motion as the doors opened to the past and second chances on the relationship front, there to lend his support by providing an opportunity to give the past and unsaid words a voice. While Mars turned direct on the 30th June, not due to leave your communication sector until early August, he'll spend the whole of July giving your relationships a voice.
While the love gods are almost nowhere to be seen, with only the Moon's monthly visit to your romantic sector from the 20th July to the 22nd July putting any focus on matters of the heart and relationship matters will operate more in the background, there is every reason for confidence on both fronts. The love gods invested enough into matters of the heart in the early months of the year and with Mars returning in November, the Moon's monthly visits and the romantically charged lunar vibes this triggers are more than enough to keep the spirit of romance alive. It was in the later part of June that Uranus and Ceres aligned in your relationship sector for seven days, from the 20th June to the 27th June, leaving you with a new sense of authenticity and an even clearer sense of what you want and need from your relationships, but it was the partnership this forged with the communication gods that is still ongoing. With Uranus turning retrograde in your relationship sector at the end of the month and Saturn spending his last full month in retrograde motion in your communication sector, they continue to work together to give your relationships, the past and unsaid words a voice. At the same time Ceres, who aligned with Uranus last month to get to the heart of what you want and need from your relationships, is getting ready to leave on the 17th July, but not because her job is done. Due to retrograde back in for a double dip visit in October Ceres is getting ready to stand back and let things settle. What is clear is that there is a lot of support for your relationships and it is coming from both the relationship and communication gods, making communication a major priority this month and over the coming months.
With Chiron in your romantic sector until 2019 and Neptune until 2026 there hasn't been a moment in over a decade since there hasn't been at least some romantic influence in play and that will remain the case for another decade, but that doesn't mean all months are created equal. There have been months where there have been nothing but challenges for the love gods and other months when there is so many distractions that they all but faded into the background and because they are always there, become all but invisible. Spending from June to November of each year in retrograde motion, even the fact that their first full month in retrograde motion has opened the doors to the past, second chances, to a period of healing and a chance to revisit old romantic dreams, is part of the normal pattern and easily overlooked. What has given the love gods a boost this year is the support, namely from Mars as he retrograded back into Scorpio at the end of May. Mars was here and in retrograde motion as first Neptune and then Chiron turned retrograde in your romantic sector last month, fuelling old passions as the doors opened to second chances and while he turned direct on the 30th June, he will continue to support romantic forces all month and as will Venus, until she leaves an adventurous part of your chart on the 12th July. It's on the relationship front that things take an unexpected turn, with Mercury's departure from your relationship sector on the 13th June supposedly bringing all the planetary activity for the year to a close. However, on the 17th July Ceres, dwarf planet and goddess of the solar system returns for her first visit to your relationship sector since 2014, on a mission to delve deeper into your relationship needs and priorities and with support from the communication gods from the get go.
By the very skin of its teeth July managed to dodge the relationship focus of recent months and its challenges, while getting to enjoy the benefits. Between the Sun's return to your relationship sector on the 21st May to his departure on the 21st June lay the most challenging relationship months of the year, with a Full Moon in Sagittarius on the first and last full day of your annual relationship review putting your personal and relationship needs on a collision course, but it was the multiple oppositions throughout the month that keep personal and/or relationship tensions running high. What the relationship gods found when they returned to put the focus on your relationships was that Saturn, in your sign, was rigid in his demands that you remain true to yourself, with the battle to find a balance between your personal and relationship needs continuing through to Mercury's departure from your relationship sector on the 30th July. Having left less than 24 hours before the new month began Mercury allowed personal and/or relationship tensions to slowly ease back, while spending the last 10 days of June dedicated to giving your relationships a voice. This is what you get to benefit from this month, with something more real and authentic emerging and continuing to grow for as long as you work to keep the communication lines open. At the same time a new sense of romantic confidence is emerging and will grow stronger by the end of the month. As the month progresses a new more authentic sense of what you want from love will emerge and even if you've missed opportunities because of a lack of attention in the past the love gods have that covered, with the doors opening to the past and second chances on the 30th July.
The one thing that you can count on is that the focus will always be on your relationships at this time of year, with the Sun always spending the first three weeks of July in your relationship sector and this year is no exception. This year this is a fairly ordinary update, in that before the Sun and Venus returned last month there has been no planetary activity here since August 2015 and apart from some mandatory oppositions with Pluto, who will be making sure that your relationship needs don't compromise your personal needs, there are no unusual challenges. Instead, with support from Neptune and Chiron, spending the first full month in retrograde motion in your communication sector and from Mars, who retrograded back into your friendship sector at the end of May, there is support for friendship and relationship building and a chance to give your relationships, the past and unsaid words a voice. Together the Sun and Venus are working to get to the heart of what you want from your relationships and what they need from you, while until leaving on the 14th July Mercury will be working to get the communication lines open. Mercury only returned on the 30th June so the 1st July is the planet of communication's first full day on the job. The first to arrive Venus, planet of love and the guardian of your relationships is the first to leave on the 12th July and by the time the Sun leaves on the 22nd July your annual relationship review will be over and there will be no more planetary activity here this year. All will be here when the Moon moves through from the 4th July to the 6th July and during the New Moon this creates on the 4th July, creating an opportunity for new beginnings and to commit to your relationships, the future and the journey ahead. Apart from starting and ending the month with the Moon in your romantic sector, the love gods are planning some surprise romantic developments in the second half of the month.
There is a change in focus this month with the love gods stepping back and the relationship gods finally getting their turn, for the first time this year. With the Sun in your romantic sector from the 21st May to the 21st June, Venus having moved through at the same time and Mercury having just left on the 30th June, the most romantically charged weeks of 2016 literally ended less than 24 hours before stepping into the new month. The relationship gods are champing at the bit to have their turn, but while the love gods have moved on there is still a lot of romantic energy to be captured in the early days of the month, with some romantically charged lunar vibes in play from the 2nd July to the 4th July perfect for the job. It is the Moon's monthly visits to your romantic sector that will keep the spirit of romance alive throughout the coming year, with this first visit a chance to jump on board. It is just days later that the Moon will move through your relationship sector from the 6th July to the 8th July and while on face value this is simply an ordinary monthly visit, with Venus returning just four days later this is the point where the relationship gods start their campaign. Venus' return to your relationship sector on the 12th July brings the first planetary activity here since she herself left last October and as the planet of love and the guardian of your relationships she's the perfect planet for the job. Along with Mercury, who returns on the 14th July to provide the support needed to get the communication lines open, Venus brings a chance to start looking at your relationship needs, desires and expectations long before the Sun returns on the 22nd July to bring the reality checks.
While July is always the month that come what may the love gods will finally show up, with the Sun always spending the first three weeks of July in your romantic sector, in a year dominated by relationship forces this hasn't come soon enough. This year you got a slight jump on this, with Venus' return on the 18th June allowing the planet of love to get in three days before the Sun to fuel the spirit of romance and fire up your romantic desires and expectations. Until she leaves on the 12th July Venus will be working to create some of the most romantically charged weeks of 2016, doing her best as the planet of love to open your heart and attract what you desire. Mercury, who didn't return until the 30th June is making just a short visit, determined to give your heart a voice before leaving on the 14th July. With the Sun in your romantic sector until the 22nd July all three will be here when the Moon moves through from the 4th July to the 6th July and during the New Moon this will create on the 4th July. This is a short push from the love gods to bring the spirit of romance into play, knowing that once the Sun leaves on the 22nd July you will not only be on your own again, but by then dominant relationship forces will be ready to demand your full attention. While you have moved on from the relationship challenges of earlier months things have been gradually improving through June, but it's in the second half of July that the support really kicks in. It begins with Ceres' return to your communication sector on the 17th July and continues with Mercury, planet of communication's return to your relationship sector on the 31st July. By then you'll be moving into some of the most important relationship months of 2016, with the communication and relationship gods coming together to make Jupiter's final months in your relationship sector count.